EASTER: Colorful Candies

Fill your candy bowl with a colorful mix of chocolate-covered nuts, dried fruits and sunflower seeds. The Cocoa Room sells mixtures of egg-shaped chocolate-covered almonds, dried cherries, sunflower seeds and other favorites. In addition to making your candy bowl look seasonal, it’s a great gift for people who don’t like big bites of chocolate (yes,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Salmagundi (Salad)

Start a Salmagundi Salad tradition. Photo courtesy ParmaHam.com. Looking for a new idea for entertaining? Celebrate spring with a Salmagundi Brunch. “Salmagundi“ means a heterogeneous mixture or a mixed salad of various ingredients in addition to the greens. A Cobb Salad—avocado, bacon, blue cheese and chicken—is an example of salmagundi. The word derives from the…
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PRODUCT: Rouge et Noir Champion Cheeses

In 1865, Abraham Lincoln was president and San Francisco was known as Yerba Buena. Since 1865, artisans have been making Brie, Camembert and other cheeses at Marin French Cheese Company, in the rolling hills of Petaluma, California (north of San Francisco in Marin County and just south of Sonoma County). In the old days, the…
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EASTER: Ribbon Chocolate Box From See’s Candies

If you know a woman who loves See’s Candies, she’ll love them even more in this lovely keepsake ribbon box. The woven ribbon, in lavender, green and purple, the color of spring. The box holds 11.3 ounces of milk and dark chocolates along with beautiful White Chocolate Raspberry and Lemon Truffle Eggs topped with icing…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Easy Gorgonzole Dolce Appetizer

Top Gorgozola with fig preserves or fig jam and serve! Photo courtesy BellaChiCha.com. In Italy, Gorgonzola Dolce (gohr-gohn-ZOH-lah DOHL-chay), or sweet Gorgonzola cheese, is often served for dessert with a drizzle of honey and perhaps some figs. But you can turn the tables and serve it as an appetizer that’s easy to make and put…
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